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After Work Habits, Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities

After Work Habits, Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities

It’s no secret…I love my job. It’s also no secret that I love my time “after the job.” LOL

I try to do a little bit of everything when it comes to after work activities…except going to the movies as some of you may know. 🙂 I like trying different workout classes, walking/biking around my neighborhood, volunteering and…COOKING AND EATING!

One of my absolutely favorite things to do is cook. I’m one of those silly people that like food prepping for the week, which includes chopping vegetables for for my daily salads/egg scrambles, roasting or grilling unique cuts of meat, or anything in between! It’s safe to say that I’m DEFINITELY NOT someone safe to take to a grocery store or farmer’s market.

The unfortunate thing is that a fun cooking past time makes you want to only watch Food Network and buy anything and everything they use to cook…because, you know…I’m becoming a professional chef!

I’ve tried to curb my purchases regarding my hobby, but sometimes it just gets away from me – a dutch oven here, a lemon zester there or the various different kinds of colanders one has to have.

So, what is your favorite after work activity? Are you an avid gym-goer? Do you like mid-week matinees? Do you have your own paint easel set-up in your living room (talking to you, Eloiza!) or do you prefer the quit enjoyment of getting home, relaxing on the couch and binge watching your favorite show? Maybe even reading a book?!

I thoroughly believe you have to have something that isn’t work related for your “me time.” It makes you happy to get to your past time and happy to get back to work! So…what’s yours?

The Chew Ends: 7 Years Comes to a Stop

The Chew Ends: 7 Years Comes to a Stop

As you well know from the previous blog post Daytime TV Obsessions Working from Home, I’m a regular viewer of The Chew. Well…it looks like I’m going to have to find something else to have on in the background while working since this Friday (tomorrow) is the very last day The Chew will be on air.

I can’t lie…it’s not my favorite show in the world, but I did enjoy it and part of me feels really badly for the hosts – and their entire cast and crew totaling 150 people. How do I know how many people work on the show? Carla Hall has repeatedly mentioned this week and last week how many people will be out of a job.

While the hosts – Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Michael Symon – have tried their hardest to make these last few days as upbeat and fun as possible, but it seems they all have more of an edge to them in the form of quips being said on air about being cancelled / out of a job.

Today they recorded the show for today (Thursday) as well as their Grand Finale taking place tomorrow (Friday). I know I’ll definitely watch to see what happens, what else is said and how many tears are shed.

Take a look at how the hosts reacted when finding out they were being cancelled. (via Deadline)

 

 

 

Summer is Coming…Are You Ready?

Summer is Coming…Are You Ready?

My favorite season is DEFINITELY summer! That’s right…I love summer in Florida. For me, every weekend is about hitting the pool or beach, riding with the top down and sipping on summer-inspired cocktails at restaurants along the beach and intracoastal.

This summer, I’ve vowed to do more than my usual routine (even though it doesn’t get old for me). I want to take more advantage of Florida in the Summer. In case you need a little inspiration for your summer (at least when it’s not pouring outside), take a look at my summer bucket list below.

  • Visit a natural spring in Florida
  • Pedal power my Summer by booking a Cycle Party tour with friends and family
  • Ride my bicycle more around town
  • Make my way to Miami more and visit unique locations like Concrete Beach Brewery
  • Write more (see…I started already!)
  • Go hair-free with Body Details to make Summer fun even easier

What do you want to accomplish this summer?

 

Daytime TV Obsessions Working from Home

Daytime TV Obsessions Working from Home

It’s been over 5 years now that i’ve pretty much been working from home. I can’t even imagine going back into an “office setting” – no matter how open-concept or work/fun balance it may be. Obviously, you have to get into the grove of the work-from-home lifestyle and routine. I myself am more of a morning worker starting at around 6 or 7am. It’s so awesome! It feels like you’re cheating on the world…getting work done while others are still sleeping. (Granted the same is true for night owls like my biz partner Emily!)

One thing that has significantly changed since going from a regular office to working from home is my “background noise” that keeps me company during the day.

It may sound crazy, but it’s become a very important part of my day. I obviously stay informed on what’s going on in the world and I get great ideas for clients. TV doesn’t always have to be the enemy…it can be a very useful tool. Take a look at my TV day during work below!

Breakdown of my Work Day – TV Style

  • 6 – 9am: Today Show / local news
  • 9am – 12pm: Netflix / recorded shows from the night before
  • 12 – 1pm: Local news yet again
  • 1 – 2pm: The Chew (which I won’t be watching much longer since they’re being cancelled – another blog post for another time)
  • 2 – 4pm: Combination of Food Network and HGTV (depending on the day)
  • 4 – 6pm: Local news for the last time before making dinner

Obviously there are variations of my TV/work day, but for the most part that’s what’s on in the background keeping me company and inspiring me throughout the day!

An Overbooked Calendar in October?

An Overbooked Calendar in October?

Since when did October get to be such a busy month? December is one thing…the squeezed-in meetings before the holiday coupled with the multitude of holiday parties and extra volunteering during the giving season. But October? When did this happen?

I guess between Halloween fun and the start of “season” in South Florida, it was inevitable. Work events are plentiful, which means the PR and social media marketing for clients is in full force! There’s nothing quite as satisfying as being busy with client work and seeing those press inquiries coming in one-after-one.

I don’t know about you, but it feels like the busy season has begun earlier than in years past, which means keeping a meticulously organized calendar!

Have you been busier this month than in years past?

Embrace Your Monday

Embrace Your Monday

Mondays may not be your favorite day of the week, but it comes around every 7 days so you might as well embrace it. So instead of feeling the #MondayBlues…It’s time to get your #MotivationMonday on!

 

I won’t lie that Monday mornings aren’t always rainbows and sunshine for me, but I’ve gotten pretty good and making them a day to look forward to. Here are a couple of my tips to get up and at it on the right foot:

 

jobwindowMotivation-MondayGet your Monday work out fit ready the night before: On Sunday nights, I have a little routine that goes hand-in-hand with getting laundry done – picking out my Monday outfit! I usually pick out some of my favorite accessories for a Monday work day because it makes me smile all day!

 

Peruse emails a little early: Usually Sunday is my “Sunday Funday” time with family, friends, shopping or the beach. And trust me…it will always be that way. However, I do take at least 30 minutes to an hour to take a look at emails received over the weekend. Then I just make a small reminder list for Monday and that makes the day organized from the start!

 

Make your lunch dates on Monday: While most people save their lunch dates with friends for Fridays, I say reschedule them for Mondays! The minute your alarm clock goes off in the morning you’ll automatically have something to look forward to that will also break up your day. Not to mention, you’ll have your to-do list already organized and your outfit ready to go the night before!

 

What helps you get ready for a Monday?